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Training comeback

Van Buyten in contention for Köln trip

“Squad training” may not be the most apposite description of the sessions at the Säbener Strasse right now, as international call-ups mean only three goalkeepers and three outfield players from the senior squad are currently in Munich. On Wednesday, the reserves joined up with the first team, enabling the coaching staff to conduct a nine-a-side practice match.

“It was very good,” Daniel van Buyten informed afterwards. The intense and demanding workout was of particular benefit to the 32-year-old, as the midweek session marked the defender’s return to the squad programme after a two-week lay-off. The enforced break was prompted by a torn calf muscle sustained in the Champions League meeting with Fiorentina.

Contender for Cologne trip

The 1.96m (6 ft 5 in) colossus has now fully recovered from the injury. “I didn’t notice any reaction from the calf,” he reported following his return to the full training schedule, declaring himself fit for Saturday’s Bundesliga trip to Cologne. “I’m hoping to be named in the squad,” he said.

Van Buyten cannot say whether he will be considered for the starting line-up. “I need a couple more sessions to regain my fitness,” he opined, “but it’s still only Wednesday.” Daniel intends to consult the coaching staff and discuss his options. Just three days after the meeting with FC Köln, Bayern travel to Tuscany for the Champions League return against Fiorentina, so Van Buyten would ideally like to gain match practice in Cologne.